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1 TECH TUTOR Computer Basics kcls.org/techtutor Computer Basics Manual Rev 6/2014

2 Computer Basics The KCLS Tech Tutor Program offers free One-on-One Computer Help and Computer Classes. Go to kcls.org/techtutor for upcoming Tech Tutor sessions, learning online and class manuals. This manual is for Computer Basics class held on KCLS computers running Windows 7. Table of Contents In this class, you will... 2 What is a Computer?... 2 Computer Hardware... 2 Computer Software... 3 How to Use Computer Hardware... 4 The computer mouse... 4 Mouse Tutorial... 4 The Computer Keyboard... 5 Keyboard Tutorial... 5 How to Use Computer Software... 6 Using Computer Windows... 6 Using Microsoft Word Software... 7 More Computer Learning from KCLS... 7 Signing In to Library Computers For personal use of library computers, sign in with your library card number and Personal ID number. For a computer class, sign in with these codes: Note: Be careful not to type the letter O for a zero (0) or the letter l for a one (1).

3 In this class, you will Learn computer basics, including:! What a computer is! How to use computer hardware! How to use computer software What is a Computer? A computer is a machine you use to work with electronic information. Some examples of work you can do with a computer are make documents, send electronic mail and read information on the Internet. A computer needs computer hardware and software to do the work you want it to do. Computer Hardware Computer hardware is any physical part of the computer. For example, the monitor is where you see words and images; the keyboard is what you use to type words and numbers; the mouse is what you use to move around the computer screen; and the system unit is where other important parts are kept. The monitor is where you see words and images The system unit is where the computer storage, and more, is kept The keyboard is what you use to type words, numbers and more The mouse is what you use to move around the computer screen Hardware for a desktop computer system Computers come in different shapes and sizes. The computer pictured above is a desktop computer; the computer pictured to the right is a laptop computer. A laptop computer looks different than a desktop, but it has hardware to do the same type of work. What is different between the desktop and laptop computer? What is similar? Do you know of other types of computers? A laptop computer 2 Computer Basics

4 Computer Software Computer Software is the set of instructions a computer needs to do different types of work. The operating system is the main software program on any computer because it gives the most basic instructions to do all other work. For example, the operating system recognizes the typing from the keyboard, movement from the mouse, and instructions from other software programs. KCLS computers use the Windows 7 operating system. Other examples of important software programs are Microsoft Word for creating documents, and Internet Explorer for getting and showing information from the Internet on the monitor. Software programs are shown as icons (small pictures with a name below) on the computer desktop screen (see below). The computer desktop screen is the first screen you see on the monitor when the computer first turns on. A web browser is the type of software a computer needs to get and show information from the Internet. Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox are web browsers by two different companies. A word processor is the type of software a computer needs to create documents. Microsoft Word is a popular word processor program. The computer desktop shows software and other controls you can use Remember, computer hardware and software work together. Next, you will learn how to use computer hardware. 3 Computer Basics

5 How to Use Computer Hardware Computer hardware is any physical, tangible part of the computer, such as the mouse or keyboard. In this class, you will learn basic hardware skills for a desktop computer. The computer mouse The mouse controls movement of the cursor on the screen. The cursor shows you where you are on the screen. The mouse also has two buttons you can press or click for different types of actions. The actions you can take depend on the location of the cursor and the mouse button you use. Mouse Cursor Shapes The mouse pointer arrow shows where you can select an action. The pointing hand means an object or text is a link. The I-beam moves the insertion point and shows where you can type. The insertion point is a blinking vertical line that shows where you can type text. Mouse Buttons You use the left hand button to select an action. You use the right hand button to access a shortcut menu. You use the scroll wheel to move up and down the screen. Mouse Tutorial You will take a mouse tutorial (training) in a web browser. To get started: A computer mouse 1. Place mouse pointer arrow on link below 2. Click the left mouse button once (This is a link that will open a webpage) 3. Scroll down to Launch Activity box 4. Place mouse pointer arrow over box 5. Click left mouse button one time gcflearnfree.org/mousetutorial Ask your teacher or a classmate for help if you need it. Complete the tutorial or stop when the teacher asks you to stop. You can complete it later or return for more practice. Click the left mouse button one time over this button to select the action Picture of mouse tutorial screen 4 Computer Basics

6 The Computer Keyboard The computer keyboard has many keys for typing information into the computer and performing special functions. Below are some of the most important keys. 7 8 Important Keys on the Keyboard Diagram of a computer keyboard 1. Tab moves the cursor, and any text to the right of it, several spaces 2. Caps Lock capitalizes all letters when you type - Press once to turn on, press again to turn off 3. Shift capitalizes one letter at a time - Press and hold Shift while typing the letter 4. Space Bar creates one space between letters or numbers 5. Enter skips to the next line 6. Backspace moves cursor to the left to erase 7. Delete erases to the right of the cursor 8. Arrow Keys move the cursor around the text area Keyboard Tutorial Learning to use the keyboard takes a lot of practice. Click the link below to begin a typing exercise. typingweb.com/tutor/courses/ Focus on the course content area shown at right; ignore all the ads. Click The Home Row Keys and wait a moment for the tutorial to load. You can also try these excellent Typing Instructor Web - kcls.typinginstructor.com (requires an account to sign up) GCF tutorial - gcflearnfree.org/labs/typing/play (requires speakers or headphones to listen) 5 Computer Basics Typing exercise options

7 How to Use Computer Software Computer software is the set of instructions a computer needs to do different types of work. For example, to get and display information from the Internet a computer needs a web browser (like Internet Explorer or Firefox). To create a text document, the computer needs word processing software, like Microsoft Word. Before you learn more about software, you should understand windows. Using Computer Windows When you use software on a computer, the text, pictures, and controls display in a window. Below is an example of an Internet Explorer window displaying the KCLS website. Windows appear on top of the computer desktop. Window control buttons are in the top right corner of the window. Example of a window on the computer desktop The maximize-restore button makes the window full-screen or smaller for resizing manually The minimize button hides the window in the taskbar as an icon The close button closes the window and the software program The scroll bar lets you see parts of page or document you re working on that are not in view of the window. The scroll bar is on the right side of the window, and sometimes toward the bottom of the window. Click the top arrow to move up, and the down arrow to move down. If you have a scroll bar at the bottom, you would click left arrow to move view to the left, right arrow to move view to the right. 6 Computer Basics

8 Using Microsoft Word Software You will practice basic functions of the popular Microsoft Word software. On the KCLS computer desktop, double-click the left mouse button to open Microsoft Word software from the desktop. Practice using the mouse and keyboard in Microsoft Word: Word 2013 desktop icon 1. Left-click into the large white area (Note mouse pointer shapes and behavior) 2. Type the line of text you see below (Replicate capitals and spaces) This is an exercise in Computer Basics class at KCLS. Practice saving a document: 1. Click File tab 2. Click Save 3. Type your name for this practice file 4. Choose My Documents folder 5. Click Save NOTE: On a library computer you can temporarily save to the My Documents folder, but all information will be erased at the end of your session. Most computers default to My Documents. Practice opening a saved document: 1. Double-click the Windows Explorer icon on the desktop. 2. Double-click on the Word file with your name on it. 3. You may resume your work where you left off. NOTE: There are other good options for saving documents including flash drives or the cloud. Learn more about these options in Microsoft Word classes and other KCLS resources for computer learning. More Computer Learning from KCLS The KCLS Tech Tutor Program offers free One-on-One Computer Help and Computer Classes. Go to kcls.org/techtutor for upcoming Tech Tutor sessions, computer learning online courses through premium databases and class manuals. This manual has been for Computer Basics class held on library computers running Windows 7. Please visit kcls.org/usingthelibrary/computers/ to learn more about using KCLS library computers. END 7 Computer Basics

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